Plainville, Mass., October 8, 1920
Tool Room Leads
IN XPMBF.R OF CARS OWNED
Time Lost in Hours
Mesh Room Is Next While Office
Is Last With None
Every morning the street in front
of our shop is lined with machines,
and the other morning: some bright
yonth was heard to remark that there
were "some machines." So we set
about to compile a list of those ma-
chines and of the departments in
which their owners worked. There is
a possibility that we may have over-
looked one or two, but as we found it,
the Tool Room leads with 44 per
cent, of its enrollment owning cars.
The Mesh Room is also well repre-
sented, but on account of the large
number employed, the percentage is
The Whiting Chain Co. owns four
machines and one "purring motor."
This is eonal to 12 per cent.
Gold Department A, Mr. Rowan,
shipper, reports three machines, an
Essex (one cylinder gone), one Wil-
lys-Knight and an Overland. This
is 30 per cent, and while this depart-
partment is so well represented, we
cannot find a car in Cold Department
After due consideration, we note
that the Office. Repair and Foreign
Departments are absolutely unrepre-
sented unless we connt the five Rem-
ingtons, two Underwoods, two Bur-
roughs and Gene's Addressograph.
Following is a table showing the num-
ber of machines in each department
and the percentage :
imp and Press,
Cold Dcpt. A.
This is an average of one machine to
every eight employees. So we can
readily see thai the street car mag-
nates are having their troubles trying
to make two and two equal six.
( loloring Room,
Soldered Mesh Dept.,
Unsoldered Mesh Dept.
Stamp and Press.
Snap Fastener Dept.,
Gold Dept. A,
Gold Dept. B,
Total, 333.73 298.08
Whiting Chain Co., 12.:. 25.5
From Soldered Mesh Dept.
" Never trouble trouble
Till trouble troubles you,"
Rut when it comes along our way,
What are we going to do?
We got a "call *' the other day,
•lusl for being late.
And to stay in our seats till the bell
Is another thing we hate.
There's such a commotion at noon-
When we all start to rush for the
That a "traffic cop" would be need-
To guard the "frenzied flock."
But after all, we realize
We should make the most of our
And help instead of hinder
A friend who has been so kind.
So we are going to do our duty
Even as Mr. Brown
Who stays here till the bell rii
And doesn't even frown.
— ( 'atherine L. ( Ireve
STARTED IX APRIL, 1914
The Only Mesh Bag Factory in
This branch was opened to handle
the rapidly increasing Canadian busi-
ness of the Whiting & Davis Co.
Early in April, 1914, Mr. Whiting
and Mr. L. W. Cook, after having pre-
viously talked over the suitability of
the cities in Canada, visited SI
brookc They had considerable diffi-
culty in locating a building that suit-
ed their needs, but through the aid of
Mi-. Allan, of the Standard Jewelry
( o., temporary quarters were ob-
Upon their return to Plainville.
they sent up Tommy Kammel and
Maxime Pelletier to set up the ma-
chines. Pelletier was to be, and still
is, the man in charge of the mesh ma-
On May 8th, Mr. Cook permanently
located in Sherbrooke, taking charge
of the business. Mr. Cook writes:
"We used to think when we had green
hands in Plainville that we had some
job breaking them in. but we had the
advantage of a lot of old experienced
hands to do the finer parts of the work
and show the new ones how it should
be done. But bear in mind, that in
starting this branch, which was an
absolutely new business for this coun-
try, we certainly had our troubles at
the start. However, by having three
or four of us from the Main Factory
as instructors, we got along very well.
"Our first problem after getting the
machinery in place and the benches,
etc., iitted up, was to get employees;
which we hi that time found a very
easy matter, although, of course, there
was no experienced help.
"We found on the start that we
were somewhat handicapped, for none
of us. with the exception of Pelletier,
understood the French langui
However, by using him as an inter-
preter and as far as possible hiring
employees who understood both lang-
we have overcome this difficul"
Continued on Pa
ABOUT THE SHOP
by the Employees of Whiting & Davis
Company, Plainville, Mass.
J. O. Gaguon, Chairman
W. M. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes
O. Soderstroni H. B. Rowan
C. H. Peasley
Xo individual can get out a good
shop paper aloue. It requires the as-
sistance and co-operation of all. Let
all who have articles or suggestions
hand them in. What you are asked to
do may be of more importance than
you believe. Do it with a will ! Help
make the "TTatfco News" one of the
best shop papers in the state.
This is a good time to congratulate
ourselves that we work in this shop
that is the best in this section in re-
gard to steady work. Steady work
counts when it comes to paying the
bills. This is well worth a thought.
We are firmly convinced that we
will never hear from Woonsocket un-
til they get their coal shed.
Every new day is a chance to make
good the mistakes of yesterday, to do
better things than ever before and to
plan for a bigger tomorrow. Yester-
day is gone, to-morrow lies ahead, to-
day we have. Let's put our very best
into it. All the success we ever win
will be won in our todays as they pass.
A mans appearance shows how his
business is prospering. His wife's
appearance shows how much he is
spending. — Life.
Fear You might get hurt if
yon go ahead." Initiative says: "I
would rather bump into something
ahead than stand still and be
bumped." — Edison Sales Builder.
Mr. Frank E. Whiting. Chicago
representative for the firm, has left
for his western home, after spending
the past five months in the east. Mr.
Whiting was accompanied by Mrs.
Whiting, their daughter, Mrs. Harry
May, and grandson Frank. During
their stay in the east they visited sev-
eral summer resorts and Mrs. Whit-
ing's former home.
The shop committee has been ad-
vised to wait till the middle of the
month before buying potatoes for
winter use. Probably they will have a
price in the next issue.
Our nurse. Miss Cote, made a good
investment the other day. There are
very few people who can buy a Glen-
wood Range for a dime.
Miss Lottie Shurtleff succeeds Miss
Rosanna Precourt as forelady of our
mesh department in Middleboro. Ros-
anna. who is an accomplished musi-
cian, has decided to devote her entire
time to her art.
Owing to the large number of sub-
scribers, the maximum order for wood
has been limited to two cords. In spite
of this, the wood on hand has been
over-subscribed, but an attempt will
be made to furnish wood to those on
the waiting list.
The coal industry operates on an
average of 216 working days a year
out of a possible 304. What better
reason is there for coal high in price
and short in quantity !
He Got the Job
A business man advertised for a boy
the other night. When he arrived at
the office the next morning there were
some 50 boys already in line. He
opened his desk and was just about to
begin examining the applicants when
his stenographer handed him a card
on which was scribbled: "Don't do
anything until you see me. I 'm the
last kid in line, but I'm telling you
I'm there with the goods." — The Case
If you hear of some new machines
being purchased this month you can
wager that the owner bet his money
on the North side and is now run-
ning a Ford.
Mrs. Hattie Goodwin, Correspondent
The day is dreary, and I feel so weary
Of soldering rings in a row,
An an excuse I'll take my glai
And down to the sink I Tl go.
The sink is placed in the center aisle ;
From there, the crowd I can see.
I'll make a guess asd tell their
Whatever they happen to be.
The Boss looks stern and serious;
Furrowed is his brow.
S patiently cutting patches
For those that don't know how.
Charlie had a slight mishap
To his limousine so new ;
Got it battered and badly bent —
Now he's feeling mighty blue.
The Stranger's heart goes pit-a-pat
When a certain girl goes by.
But I do not think she knows it
For I plainly heard him sigh.
Why don't Reginald take a hintf
It would make the girls so glad,
If he only would invite them
For a ride with Northern Lad.
May 's thoughts are centered upon the
She bought the other day ;
It did not take quite half the roll
She has snugly tucked away.
We are glad to have Miss Lucy
Back in the same old row.
For we missed her cheerful chatter
And her flitting to and fro.
Since Mi>s Shurtleff is in charge
Swiftly speeds the day:
But we miss and mourn Rosanna
Whom music lured away.
I am wasting precious moments
Telling these things to you ;
I'll hasten back and try to make
Another bag or two.
Honesty begets !. man
honest :"n his dealings with his
fellows has a subsidy which nio
cannot buy. He treat-
ment at the hands of othe
"After we had some mesh made up
and the bags joined, the next prop-
osition was to get them colored, as
there were no colorers in the city ; our
only way was to educate one. August
Stark was sent here with instructions
to make solutions and instruct a
young man until he was able to han-
dle the work alone. Mr. Stark stayed
about a month, after which the man
he had shown took hold of the work
and is still with us as colorer.
"When we first started we found
business very good, but as you know,
the war came on in August of that
year, and for a while things looked
rather bad as with the declaration of
war business dropped off for a few
months until matters had been re-
"Early in 1915, the Standard Jew-
elry Co., in whose building we were,
notified us that on account of their
increasing business, they would need
the space we were occupying, we then
found an unoccupied building in an-
other part of the city which was prac-
tically re-built for us and into which
we moved in October of that year.
Tli is is the building in which we are
located at present. The Main Shop,
Office and Packing Room have a com-
bined floor space of about 3500 square
feet and there is a second story used
principally for storage of 3000 square
feet. Having so much more room en-
abled us to do more of the work here
Previously the finished frames were
imported from the Plainville factory,
but we now started to do the solder-
ing and finishing here, importing the
parts. On this work we found it nec-
essary to have an experienced man,
and Albert Prien was sent to take
charge of this part of the work ana
for a time he did the Bobbing,
Buffing and Polishnig. Later, as the
business increased, his brother Her-
man was employed to assist him and
eventually took over the finishing pro-
the years 1916 and 1917,
had many changes in our small
staff, largely on account of the war.
This city developed into a large mu-
and a number of em-
tnen and women, left us
up, this work, but I am happy
to say thai many of them came back
into our employ after the Armistice.
"During 1917, the United States
entered the war and we happened to
have several men, United States citi-
zens, who were subject to the draft,
all registered with the United States
Consul here. Two enlisted, namely,
Herman Prien and H. Russell Mor-
gan. Prien made the supreme sacrifice
in France. Morgan, after his service,
returned and is now employed as fore-
man of the factory. Albert Prien left
us during the war to take up war
work in Newark, N. J.
"During the war practically all of
our employees contributed to the pa-
triotic fund one per cent, of their
wages. During the reconstruction pe-
riods there, of course, have been many
difficulties, but the country is rapidly
recovering and we are looking for-
ward to a very prosperous future.
Mrs. Melvin Lowe,
Mrs. J. Craik
Mrs. A. Lanois,
Mrs. L. Lanois,
Hugh M. Maize,
Stamp & Press
Frank Brown, Editor
The greater part of the W. & D.
employees was at the first game in At
tleboro last Saturday. If you looked
over the box score you saw that the
crowd of fence busters that the Attle-
boro fans crow ed about did not show
much class against Bob Shawkey.
What will Attleboro do with their
only Maranville after such a showing
as he made?
The attendance at the game was
7,350. We will try and beat that in
our town. All up for the next game
on Columbia field tomorrow.
On the level, do you think that the
National League has players equal to
those who carry the American League
Bobby Roth is going to stay in
North Attleboro for all the games in
order to fully find out the shortest
way to put the ball over the fence.
And he certainly can do the job.
The Clevelands have won the hard-
est fight that the American League
has had for a number of years, and
it seems a very popular finish. Tris
Speaker is well known in these parts.
The White Sox must be darned for
1921 in good shape in order to get
there after the wreck they have been
through. Money has made many a
team, but on this occasion money and
bribery have wrecked the Chicago
White Sox for fair. But they will
We have missed from the factory,
for a few days, our short stop. Ed.
It is rumored that he and his brother
Gene have been called to clear up the
reason why the W. & I). Team lost the
last game they played with the K. of
('. Can it be that there is any truth
in these rumors of loose work on their
part in that contest . I'.. . ish the
thought! Oscar says "how come!*'
Several of the factories arc anxious
io si ail a Bowling League and as we
have some very classy men who can
twist the sphere, why can't we put in
a team to represent the factory who
leads in all sports? Any suggestions
in forming a team will lie attended to
by notifying the writer of this col
CAUGHT IN THE MESH
Do Accidents Just Happen?
A man struck a match to see if a
gasoline tank was empty — It wasn 't.
A man touched an electric wire to
if it was alive — It was!
A man patted a strange mule to see
if it was affectionate — It wasn't!
A man brushed his hand along the
table of a jointer to see if the machine
was running — It was!
A man stepepd on the ice to see if
it was strong enough to hold him —
A man determined to be careful to
if it would pay — It did!
Twelve nationalities are represent-
ed in the Mesh Room, and Dick Berk-
eley can talk all the languages — with
his hands. The list : Danish. Norwe-
gian. Armenian. Italian. French. Eng-
lish. American. Canadian. Swedish,
man. Greek and the Irish.
S mething that Mr. Elsesser would
like to see just once — Padgie in his
chair at seven A. ML
Etta i> netting to be some mechanic
now. - - learning to run an en-
gine turning machine.
Zelma is thinking of taking up ten-
uis Frank has done so well at
Lee believes that it ' ' pays to adver-
On taking the 'tt'adco .V
home to his wife, about three days af-
ter he obtained it. he received the
k.-ys which she had found just where
he had left them. We are not so sure
that she n I the reward.
I wonder if the Lawn Tennis Club
would be willing to sell their club
house before it falls down? They
have kept their courts up u _
she-.: rammer Avith the help of
about ready (
up for the wii.
The North Team gave Peao a
warm up Shawkey between
inn the way to bring a
]<•. and land him in
Mary Avery has all the symptoms
of the sleeping sickness. Will M
Cote kindly take notice ?
Have you seen Helen's face shine
since Ralph came back?
Gold Dept. B's motto: Never be
ashamed to work, for work is part of
our lives' existence.
Byron Gardner's communistic ten-
dency is shown in his idea that the
first umbrella he can lay his hand on
is his own. We hope he will be able
to buy one soon for they cost less than
Ralph Snell took part in the I. 0. 0.
F. parade in Boston on the 29th of
8 -pt ember.
Don't injure Rhea's feelings. She
speaks first and thinks afterwards. Is
this right. Jim?
"Who knows anvthinsr about the
blanket raffle? See Elsie or Mildred.
Wanted : A string strong enough
to tie up Nancy Bell's whistle.
Clarke and Morgan — twisted belt
- Rowan sure Daniel Webster
wrote the dictionary? We wonder if
Harry knows who built the ark. Edi-
tor's note : We are sure he do- -
Overheard at the office sb - >ne
noon when Ed. and Don were smok-
ing their cigar-. "Who's just been
Theresa has entered the "Beauty
in th<- Assembly Room.
What are you using Theresa?
Eddie Desautelle, the ex-aviator.
finding transportation too high from
Pawtucket to North Attleboro four
a week, has taken a room in
Evebj that Charlie ° - ith
with h< . hut if John could
se loving glances Charli - -. I
;der if he would think a
We wonder what Vera 's attraction
is in the back office.
Who will win the sweater Th
spiral, bench or repair department?
There are times. Henry, when ab-
-mindedness is excusable.
If your hair starts to grow gray,
see Rose about it. She will give you
a fine receipt.
Fulton may be there with a bat.
but when it comes to shooting du
but when it con. - -hooting dr
— what a shot !
By the time this paper is printed
we will know something about the
the world's champions. How would
you like it. if you were a ball player.
to wake up and find tucked under
your bed flO.OOO to sell sum-- game?
Do you think Galleani would do it?
Not on your life.
HEALTH HINTS IV
Irregular teeth or premature
- of teeth means that the mas-
ticating surface is greatly reduced.
Irregularity j s food to lodge
between the teeth until a cavity
s retain foods that have
undergone fermentation. All the
- needed for the develop-
ment of bacteria are present-
warmth, moisture and material on
which to t that the individ-
ual who i- Bed to
ers. through an uncared
for mouth, everything needed.
The bony - ,,f the tooth is
- of various .ers which.
if n - 1. may lead to -
5. The infection may
I to any part of the body by the
Tin: ventive n.
ures to preserve your permai
u. This is an important health